From Jayson Stark (ESPN):
Hard as Joe Torre tries to spin his thoughts about Alex Rodriguez, we’ve heard from multiple sources that when A-Rod was a free agent last offseason, Torre advised the Dodgers not to touch him.
Well, have fun with… Casey Blake (oh, he’s “gritty”). Too bad Joe didn’t talk them out of signing Andruw Jones, huh?
Also, Stark spoke on Nick Swisher:
After trying to push Xavier Nady as the outfielder they’d most prefer to trade, the Yankees are telling teams they’re softening to the idea of dealing Nick Swisher. The Braves head the list of clubs who prefer Swisher because of his versatility and because he’s three years from free agency, not one.
If the Yankees deal Swisher, it’ll be a dumb move. Keep the guy you can control for the next few years. The Yankees are always big spenders, so maybe a cost-controlled player could help them out next year, you know, when they don’t have any outfielders.